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Fucale to leave K’s for Spengler Cup

December 21, 2018

Zach Fucale, who is 7-0-1 in his last eight starts for the Komets, has turned his season around for the Komets. But they’re about to lose their No. 1 goalie : for a while anyway. Fucale is going to represent Canada in the Spengler Cup, an annual tournament in Davos, Switzerland, cited as the oldest invitational in the world.

The tournament takes place Wednesday to Dec. 31. Fucale will leave after Saturday’s game and return to the Komets on Jan. 2. He’ll miss four games.

Since its first appearance in 1984, Canada has won 15 Spengler Cup titles and nine second-place finishes.

The other goalie for Canada will be Jared Coreau.

Representing his country is not new for Fucale, who won gold at the 2012 Ivan Hlinka U18 Memorial Tournament, played in the 2014 and 2015 World Junior Championships, winning gold in 2015, and helped Canada to the Spengler championship in 2016 with 40 saves in a 5-2 victory over HC Lugano, a team based in Switzerland.

With Fucale gone, Lukas Hafner will presumably take over the Komets’ No. 1 goaltending duties and they’ll have to bring in another goalie.

jcohn@jg.net

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